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Video: Minnesota Scouts and Space Station Question and Answers

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Video: Minnesota Scouts and Space Station Question and Answers

Posted on 15 August 2011 by admin

In the beginning of August, we posted about an opportunity for Minnesota Scouts to Call Space Station Astronauts. Check out this video of the question and answers with the Space Station!

The astronauts are Ron Garan Jr. and Mike Fossum and the Scouts were at Northern Star Council’s Base Camp.

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Minnesota Scouts Call Space Station Astronauts

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Minnesota Scouts Call Space Station Astronauts

Posted on 05 August 2011 by Press Release

Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and other students in St. Paul, Minn., will make a special call to the International Space Station on Tuesday, Aug. 9 at 12:55 p.m. EDT. This is the first-ever Boy Scout Council/NASA live in-flight education downlink and only the second within Minnesota. It takes place at Base Camp, Northern Star Council’s new facility, located at Fort Snelling. The live, local connection with the International Space Station will feature a 20-minute question-and-answer session with Expedition 28 astronauts Ron Garan Jr., Mike Fossum, and Satoshi Furukawa.

The downlink astronauts will be shown live on Base Camp’s 19’ screen and throughout the 35,000 square foot facility, allowing for hundreds of young people to participate. Many science and space-related activities will also happen that day. Participants will Build mini hover crafts, experience Base Camp’s NASA space shuttle simulator (the Midwest’s only simulator and one of eight in the nation), view the stars in a portable planetarium and more.

The NASA space shuttle simulator was provided by National Aeronautics and Space Administration, C. Jackson Foundation and Total Learning Research Institute, Incorporated. The activities will be provided by The Works, the Minnesota Planetarium and the Boy Scouts.

In preparation for the event, Scouts have been working toward several merit badges related to space exploration (computers, astronomy, weather, etc.) and engaging in aerospace learning experiences, simulations, and research that exposes them to the challenging endeavor of human space exploration. These Scouts attended several events with local partners: the Minnesota Astronomy Department, Twin Cities National Weather Service and Minnesota Amateur Space Modeler Association, among others.

The in-flight education downlink is part of a series with educational organizations in the U.S. and abroad to improve teaching and learning in science, technology, engineering and mathematics subjects. It is an integral component of Teaching From Space, an agency education program that promotes learning opportunities and builds partnerships with the education community using the unique environment of space and NASA’s human spaceflight program.

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Gone Home Trail Sign

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Gone Home: Scout Collapses While Hiking at Philmont Scout Ranch

Posted on 27 July 2009 by Dan

Gone Home Trail SignThe Northern Star Council and Philmont Scout Ranch Scouting Communities are morning the death of a member of our Scouting family. Timothy Nunn, a fourteen-year-old Scout from Troop 123 in Northern Star Council collapsed while hiking at Philmont Scout Ranch on Friday, July 24, 2009.

According to a statement by the Boy Scouts, the health and safety of participants is a top priority. His group immediately performed CPR until emergency medical personnel from Philmont Scout Ranch and Cimarron, New Mexico, arrived. Unfortunately, despite these efforts, they were unable to resuscitate him.

After being notified of their son’s death, Timmy’s parents flew to New Mexico; they later released the following statement:

Timmy loved Boy Scouts. All preliminary indications are that there is nothing anyone could have done, whether he would have been at home or out on a hike, to save him. God blessed us as parents to have given us Timmy, and God blessed Timmy to have given him Boy Scouts and the opportunity to go to Philmont. He loved Boy Scouts, baseball and his family and he died doing something he loved.

The family encouraged the Scouts in Timmy’s Troop to continue their trek at Philmont, and is postponing their son’s funeral until early August, after the group returns from New Mexico.

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Northern Star Council Capital Campaign Surpasses $18.5 Million

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Northern Star Council Capital Campaign Surpasses $18.5 Million

Posted on 30 January 2009 by admin

Capital Campaign 75%The $25 million Shaping Tomorrow’s Leaders capital campaign recently achieved 75% of goal.

“This important campaign will help Northern Star Council better deliver Scouting’s proven programs to all youth by equipping volunteers with the needed tools and facilities for the next 100 years,” said campaign chair Fritz Corrigan.

In 2008, the Council purchased property at Fort Snelling to establish Northern Star Base Camp, an urban program center. Base Camp is the centerpiece of the Shaping Tomorrow’s Leaders campaign. Construction will begin this year and will be ready to open in time for the 100th anniversary of Scouting in the Twin Cities on October 1, 2010.

The campaign will invest millions into camp facilities at Many Point, Tomahawk, Stearns, Phillippo, Kiwanis, and Fred C. Andersen properties. Additional investments in the camp maintenance endowment will make all camp facilities relevant for years to come.

For additional information on the Shaping Tomorrow’s Leaders capital campaign, or to make a financial contribution, please contact Rob Schultz at rschultz@northernstarbsa.org or 651-254-9159. Thank you to the many who have contributed generously to this campaign’s efforts to affect the lives of thousands of youth now and into the next century.

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Memorializing the Little Sioux Scout Ranch Tornado Heroes

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Memorializing the Little Sioux Scout Ranch Tornado Heroes

Posted on 02 October 2008 by Dan

On June 11, 2008 an F-3 tornado tore through 200 acres of the Mid-America Council’s 1800 acre Little Sioux Scout Ranch located at the Loess Hills, in Iowa. There were 124 Scouts and Scouters attending the Council’s National Youth Leadership Training Course, “Pahuk Pride”, that night when four Scouts lost their lives.

Mid-America Council – Durham Scout CenterMid-America Council plans to install a replica of the exclusive McKenzie Statue at the entrance of the Mid-America Council – Durham Scout Center, as a tribute to not only the four young men, but also to the 120 others that personified the scouting movement that night with their heroic actions and compassion for their fellow Scouts.

What is the McKenzie Statue?

Dr. R. Tait McKenzie was a surgeon, physical educator, artist, and sculptor. He was a personal friend of Lord Baden-Powell. Dr. McKenzie was a member of the Philadelphia Council Executive Board from 1911 until his death in 1938. When asked in 1914 to create something tangible “that would stand as a symbol of what scouting stood for, “Dr. McKenzie sculpted his beloved statue portraying the “Ideal Boy Scout.”

The sculptor portrayed in his statue the traits of character he knew the movement to install in a boy. To Dr. McKenzie, the uncovered head represented reverence and obedience; the ax on which the hand rests was a symbol of George Washington’s truthfulness.

The Philadelphia Council (now known as Cradle of Liberty Council) sells these life-size cast bronze statues only as an accommodation as a special request. Since the first was erected, 31 statues have been cast and are located around the world. Each of the life-size statues weighs 500 pounds and stands 6’ feet tall. They are individually cast, which is a very time consuming process and can take up to 6 months to complete. Considerable time, effort, and skill is required to supervise each casting. This is done by the Sculptor-in-Residence at Princeton University, one of Tait McKenzie’s students. He approves the location of each statue.

Other McKenzie Statue Locations:
– Boy Scouts of Canada, National Office
– Central Region Council: Naperville, IL
– Dauch Service Center, Detroit Area Council: Detroit, MI
– Gerald R. Ford Council: Grand Rapids, MI
– Gilwell Park: England
– Great Sauk Trail Council: Ann Arbor, MI
– Greater Cleveland Council: Cleveland, OH
– Indianhead Council: St Paul, MN
– Middle Tennessee Council, Brentwood, TN
– Milwaukee County Council: Milwaukee, WI
– Occoneechee Council, Raleigh, NC
– Simon Kenton Council: Columbus, OH
– Southwest Michigan Area Council: Kalamazoo, MI
– University of Pennsylvania, PA
– Winnebago Council: Waterloo, IA

This project is estimated to cost $28,000 total. The statue itself costs $15,700, shipping to Omaha $2,000, concrete base $5,000, Bronze Plaque listing the N.Y.L.T. participants $2,500, Bronze Plaque listing the contributing Councils.

The Mid-America Council is inviting all Councils to help memorialize the young heroes of June 11, 2008. If you are interesting in supporting this effort, please ask your local Boy Scout Council how they are collecting donations. A list of the Council’s that support the project will be listed on the base of the statue.

The following Councils have already forwarded their support: Evangeline Area Council; Jayhawk Area Council; Mid-Iowa Council; Northern Star Council; Okefekokee Area Council; Orange County Council; Patriot’s Path Council; Pennsylvania Dutch Council; Philmont Scout Ranch; Pine Burr Area Council; Potomac Council; Westchester-Putnam Council.

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Unit Celebrates High Number of African American Eagle Scouts

Posted on 30 September 2008 by Dan

Boy Scout Troop 96, sponsored by St. Peter Claver Church in St. Paul, presented Eagle Awards to three Scouts on August 29, bringing their total to seven young men awarded Scouting’s highest rank in 2008.

This is record number of African American Eagle Scouts within a single troop for the Northern Star Council, which serves the greater Twin Cities area. Having this many Eagles in itself is a rare accomplishment, with only four percent of Scouts attaining this goal.

Bill Butchee, the Scoutmaster who mentored all of the troop’s African American Eagle Scouts, presided at the Court of Honor; five of the troop’s recent Eagle Scouts also took part. Northern Star Council Scout Executive John Andrews was also on hand to congratulate the new Eagles and lead them in the “Eagle Charge.”

Andrews says of this accomplishment, “Scouting has been for all children for nearly 100 years. There is no better realization of that aspiration than to see young men of all ethnicities, belief systems, incomes and communities strive for and achieve the rank of Eagle Scout.”

The troop’s three newest Eagles are:
• Nathan Knight, Apple Valley: graduate of Apple Valley High School, currently attends Normandale Community College, plans to study civil engineering at the U of M.
• Jacob Schwartz, Oakdale: 12th grader at Mounds Park Academy; plays varsity football; active in concert band, men’s chorale, concert choir, Peer Leaders group and Mosaic, a group that encourages diversity.
• Albert Williams Jr., Minneapolis: graduate of Minneapolis Inter-District Downtown High School; currently attends Hamline University, where he hopes to study marine biology, education, and multilingual education.
Four other Scouts from Troop 96 received their Eagle awards in April. They were:
• Paris Michuta, Minneapolis: graduate of Minneapolis Inter-District Downtown High School, attends Hennepin Community College.
• Paul Ndayizeye, St Paul: graduate of St. Paul Central High School, attends Hennepin Community College.
• Jonathan West, St. Paul: graduate of DeLaSalle High School, attends Hennepin Community College.
• Jonathan Williams, Minneapolis: graduate of DeLaSalle High School, attends University of Minnesota, Mankato.
Another three members of Troop 96 received Eagle awards from 2003 to 2005:
• William J. Butchee III, Eagan: graduate of Eagan High School, attends University of Wisconsin-Stout.
• Derrick D. Butchee, Eagan: graduate of Eagan High School, attends University of Wisconsin-Stout.
• Christopher Jackson, Bloomington: graduate of Breck School, attends Occidental University.

This article was provided by Northern Star Council-Boy Scouts of America.

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